Monday, December 31, 2012

For auld lang syne, my dear..

Anyone else picture Carrie from the Sex & the City movie running to meet Miranda when you hear that song? Just me? K. Moving on..
by the way it apparently means "old long since" or "long long ago" or even "days gone by"


Soo.. 2012..
I kind of hated this year. I try look on the bright side of things, but this year was probably one of the worst I have had. Nothing really huge happened, nothing really good happened, but there were so many semi-large pretty crappy things that happened. You won't find those on this blog. I prefer to mostly document the happy moments.. but just trust me when I say they were crappy. 

BUT.
This year. This year is going to be different. I can just feel it. 
Honestly, I have high hopes that it is going to be the best year yet. 
Some of the not so swell things that happened this past year are going to carry over.. they haven't been wrapped up yet. But I am going to hand those things to God. Because of these events, I have grown closer to God, closer to Andrew, and closer to my family. I have put some major things in perspective and I feel like my heart is full now. So while these things were unfortunate, I am thankful they happened. Which leads me to believe that this next year is going to rock my socks off. 
Confused yet? Sorry for being so vague. It is what it is.

I'm not sure I really believe in resolutions. I don't want to get down on myself if I fail.. but I do have a couple of goals I would like to try to achieve. 

First off- I'd like to eat healthier, be more active. I'd like to start small, with the working out at least. Maybe start out with something like this before every shower:


Then, I would like to pray every night. I've already been working on this and doing pretty well. Aside from prayer, I'd like to go to church every week. I was doing pretty well with this but now Andrew works a lot of Sundays and I don't like to go alone. So, I have found a preacher I really enjoy on TV and have already set the DVR to record his sermons on Sundays, just in case. 

This past year, I was fairly good at saving money. It's not too hard when you're living with your parents [which I still am- another sort of goal I'm working on] but I still spent a lot on unnecessary items and clothes I didn't need. I'd like to try a little harder to put at least half my pay check into savings until I am living on my own. 

money
Lastly, I'd really like to work on my time management. I need to spend less time watching tv and more bettering my life and showing those I care about how much they mean to me. One day these people won't be here and I don't want to have a single regret. Not only that.. but I'd like to show more kindness to everyone around me. It is so easy for me to lose my patience and I really need to stop and think about my actions and the words I use.. even if I am thinking the things to myself- we are all human and deserve respect and kindness.

I'd also like to thank all of you who stop by and read and comment on this little blog of mine. I appreciate you all so much and I wish you the very happiest 2013! 
I will be back later this week with a couple Christmas recaps :) 
Enjoy your night & be safe!
xox

Friday, December 21, 2012

How I really wrapped it up.

Remember this post about how beautifully I was planning on wrapping my presents this year? Remember also how I said it probably wouldn't happen because I like to talk about being creative but rarely follow through.. well this time I actually really tried!
I went to Target with the best intentions of getting brown craft paper- but they didn't have any so I got red. It was a slight bump in the road but I carried on with my genious wrapping plan..
I then mosied over to the ribbon.. they had beautiful gold polka dot ribbon. It was perfect. I couldn't wait to go home and wrap to my hearts content. The only downside was the ribbon was $4 each. No big deal. I got one and decided I'd get some red ribbon (cheaper) to wrap up the other ones.
I get home.. and that polka dot ribbon I loved so much was only long enough to wrap one damn present. ONE present. $4 DOLLARS. ONE present.
I was pissed.
But then I sucked it up and mismatched all my gifts as per the usual.
 
I saw. I pinned. I tried.. and failed.
 
Oh, and then boots played with the extra .5 inches of ribbon.
 
 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hey, Let Me Tell Ya Bout My Best Friend!

Here's the deal. You've heard me bitch and moan numerous times about how I ain't got no frands. Well, I do have friends.. but there's just two of em.. and they both live miles and miles away.
Soo, you can imagine my distraught when I got the text from Sooz (aka grace, my bff yo) that she was sick as a dog and may not be able to see me over the beloved holiday.
Holidays are special. Special because of the holiday itself, obviously, but also special because those are the very few times of the year I get so freakin excited because for one little weekend I can actually spend time with my two girlfriends!
A few days where I don't have to be the only girl in the group. A few days where 'going to get coffee' actually is an activity and is followed up with a target shopping spree without a word needing to be said. A few days where I can finally watch a chick flick and not feel silly.
 
My point is. I need to cheer Sooz up so she can feel better and come see me!
I need wine. And a girls night. And yummy junk food.
I need fun with my best frand. Giggle time, I like to call it.
 
 
It makes me want to cry to look at deez pics. We have so much fun. Weve been so many places.. and now we are so far away.
But this is a cheer up post. A get well soon post.
So get well Sooz.
Look how much fun we have. Let's do that again. In 2 days.
Drink a bottle of nyquil, put on 5 layers of clothes, a heating blanket if you're feelin crazy.. break that fever while you're PTFO (passed the ef out, duh) and deeeeennnn.. you will feel all better.

If anyone has any other flu cures throw them this way. I am more than open to suggestions.
I need my girl time, you must understand.
 
 
Love you monkey :)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Andrew's Bday Recap

Top of the mornin' to ya party people. Things are looking a bit different around these parts today.
Monday night I had zero plans after work (except the Gossip Girl finale- obvi. #teamchuckblaire) so I decided to take that time to completely change up my blog layout.
Andddd.. I kind of love it.
I'm not professional. I google as I go and have many, many trial and errors. But for not having a bit of experience, I'm pretty proud. All you negative nancys back off- don't rain on my parade.
I also made a new button if you want to snatch it up and put it on your blog- we can swap if you'd like!

Anywaysss...back to your regularly scheduled program-
 Andrew's birthday was low key and fun.. just as I had hoped. We woke up and went to an amazing church service then went to his grannys for lunch and cake with his family.
 
Afterwards, we checked in this amazing place:
(which by the way was pretty cool except for the fact that it's 'green'. AKA it took me an hour longer to dry my hair, you had to use your room key to turn on the lights- AKA when drew went downstairs I could either a)shower in the dark or b)let him back in dripping water. But hey- whatevs.)
 
We then watched our Panthers bring it in for a WIN against the Falcons. This was a surprise and a win we were most definitely proud of.
 
Which led to- celebratory shots with him and his friends at a local restaurant we ate dinner at.
 
 
Afterwards, we went back to the hotel and played some pool.
 


 
That next morning, we woke up and spent the morning watching The Price is Right.
(Obviously)

 
We then went and watched "Flight" here:
 
and then went to a delicious dinner, here:

 
It was a great day with my most favorite person :)
 
Sorry I'm not sorry for the lack of pictures. Andrew hates that I feel the need to take pictures of everything so I tried to not get the camera out on his day. It was nice to enjoy the whole day without thinking 'this would make great blogging material!'
 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library

Growing up in North Carolina, Billy Graham is a household name. I am proud to say he lived his life calling Charlotte, NC home. Although, this did not keep him from spreading the good word throughout the world. For those of you who have never heard of Billy Graham, words cannot do his story justice. I took this from his website to suffice for now.
 
"Whether exhorting a small crowd of teens at a Youth For Christ rally, speaking against apartheid in a stadium in South Africa, or praying for a wounded nation in the aftermath of 9/11, Billy Graham has lived as a man on a mission following hard after God’s calling. The mission has evolved as technology has opened doors to the whole world, but the message of hope in Christ has remained unchanged. That message continues to change hearts the world over.
The Billy Graham Library is part of this timeless mission. Each person who passes through the doors, at the foot of a large glass cross, encounters the story of a man who made it his life’s work to tell history’s most powerful story—that God loves all of us and invites us to experience that love through His Son, Jesus Christ."
 
Over the weekend, Andrew and I, along with two of our good friends, had the priveledge of attending Christmas at the Library. It was nice to have a relaxing Saturday night reflecting on what really matters. Sometimes, especially during the holidays, it's easy to put materialistic things first and forget what the season is really about. But, Saturday night, holding Andrew's hand and being with two really great friends, I felt blessed beyond words. Especially after the tragedy that struck Friday morning, we need to not take a single thing for granted, this season, or any other day of the year.
Don't lose sight of what's important. Jesus is the reason for the season. Give thanks and love one another.
 


 


















Saturday, December 15, 2012

Silence & Support for Sandy Hook

I feel like there are a million words I could say about this tragedy, yet I feel like there are zero words that will express how I feel. I am so heart broken for those children, their families, the town, all the responders on scene.. I can't even imagine how many heart broken people are in this world right now. All because one individual decided to take the lives of children who didn't even get a chance. Sweet, innocent children, it was their first year of school, most of them anyways, I can't even imagine..
I pray that God reaches down to these individuals and comforts them in their time of need. I hope people realize now how terrible it is that God is missing from our schools, from our governments, from our money, from everything broken- God is what is missing. The more we allow God to be taken out of the things that surround our lives, the more hatred will come. We turn our back on him every day and yet always expect him to have ours when its convenient. He will. He always will. But talk to him. Talk to him while youre laying in bed not able to sleep because of this tragedy. I know if you're like me you want to know why. Why would he let this happen? Why beautiful little babies? Why this close to Christmas? He has the answers. He always has the answers. They are all in his plan. Trust in him, cry to him, put all your faith in him. He will comfort you if you allow him.
Pray for those asking why. Pray that they seek answers in God instead of blaming him.
It is a tragedy those precious children had their lives taken from them. I literally feel sick just thinking about it.
When you start to feel sick, pray, when you start to feel sad, pray harder.
You may feel useless, like there is nothing you can do to help Sandy Hook, but there is. Besides the power of prayer you can take a blogging day of silence. Some really great bloggers thought this up and I hope you decide to participate.




On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence. We will post the button and that's it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.



We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services.

Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:



"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic
and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their
highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support
groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.



ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING."



Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.


We can't imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let's make a difference and use blogging in a positive way.

Thank you in advance for participating.



Love,

The Blog World



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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

my not so productive [but fun] day off

I decided to take Monday off (last Monday, not yesterday...although I had this Monday off too. anyways..). I had an obgyn appointment and even though it took 10 minutes- I figured after that I deserved to take the whole day off. Plus, I needed to get my oil changed (which they didn't have time to do) and get my head light replaced (which they did- but they replaced the wrong one so I'm still down a head light). That was about the extent of myself being productive. Which seems more counterproductive than anything.
 
You think they get industrial sized lube at Costco?  I'd hate to be the one in charge of that one.

So after I let my doctor round 3rd base, it was time to put my clothes back on.. which must have shrunk while I was on the table because then this happened:
 
 
It was actually worse than it looked.. but I had dark panties on (thank god it wasn't laundry day and I had undies on).
 
So off to the mall to get larger jeans I went! My friend John met me there because he had to pick out Christmas gifts and obviously wanted my expertise shopping opinion.

 
After the mall we decided to venture to the grocery store. Our grocery store just so happens to have a bar.. a bar in which you can purchase drinks from then tote them in hand as you shop. Forget how dangerous it is to shop when you're hungry- try shopping with a buzz. You want everything.
Smart people they got working at Harris Teeter.

 

After our little shopping voyage, we decided to take a drive to Carolina Panthers player Steve Smith's house. He actually lives in my little town. And don't worry- this isn't as stalkerish as it may sound. John's dad is the equipment manager for the Panthers so John knows him. No need to put out any warrants.
 

 
After we stalked checked out what was happenin at the Smith's..we decided to go to the park. Random, I know, but when you want to swing, you want to swing. And swing, we did.
While we admired the gorgeous sunset that evening.



 
Then I went home and watched Gossip Girl & 90210.
Best day evaaaaaa